EU BLOCKS shipment of 250k doses of AstraZeneca vaccine from Italy to Australia

The EU has blocked a shipment of AstraZeneca vaccines from leaving Italy for Australia using controversial export laws for the first time. Authorities in Italy refused to grant a licence for 250,000 doses manufactured in the country to be exported, meaning the shipment could not leave Thursday as planned. Officials in Rome had informed the … Read more

Germany is set to approve AstraZeneca for over-65s

Germany is set to open up the AstraZeneca vaccine to over-65s in a major U-turn to revive its faltering vaccine programme – as the EU today looked for another lifeline by beginning the approval process for Russia’s Sputnik V jab.   Five weeks after blocking the AstraZeneca shot for older people, German regulators will submit their … Read more

Angela Merkel extends German lockdown by three weeks but eases restrictions for non-essential shops

Germany is extending its Covid lockdown by three weeks until March 28 but easing some restrictions to allow non-essential shops and businesses to reopen in areas with low infection rates. After about nine hours of talks on Wednesday, Chancellor Angela Merkel and the governors of the country’s 16 states agreed to the measures amid a … Read more

First dose of Oxford University’s Covid vaccine causes twice as many side-effects as Pfizer’s

First dose of Oxford University’s Covid vaccine causes twice as many side-effects as a single shot of the Pfizer jab, analysis of 700,000 Brits suggests More than three in ten of those getting the Oxford vaccine suffered side-effects But less than two in ten suffered symptoms in those getting the Pfizer jab Scientists say side-effects … Read more

Covid vaccines: Oxford and Pfizer first doses just as effective in elderly with underlying illness

One dose of the Covid jabs being deployed in Britain are up to 80 per cent effective at stopping already-ill elderly people from being hospitalised with the disease, fresh research shows. Earlier this week, the first real-world analysis of the Oxford and Pfizer jabs in England found a single injection prevented eight in 10 over-80s from … Read more

Europe Covid: Austria and Denmark to make vaccines with Israel

Austria and Denmark will produce new Covid vaccines without help from the EU after the bloc’s jab roll-out descended into a slow-paced shambles.  Sebastian Kurz, Austria’s prime minister, and Danish leader Mette Frederiksen announced today that they will travel to Israel to discuss development of a second generation of coronavirus vaccines with health authorities there. Israel … Read more

France Covid: Country will give AstraZeneca jab to over-65s in U-turn for Macron

France will start giving Britain’s AstraZeneca vaccine to over-65s in an humiliating U-turn for President Macron after he personally cast doubt on its effectiveness. Olivier Veran, the French health minister, said yesterday that the jab will soon be made available to people age between 50 and 75 with underlying health issues that make them vulnerable … Read more

Covid vaccines: JVT blasts EU’s refusal to give Oxford vaccine to over-65s

England’s Deputy Chief Medical Officer today took a swipe at EU efforts to rubbish the Oxford/AstraZeneca coronavirus vaccine and said a new study showing just one shot offers dramatic protection against severe disease in older people ‘vindicated’ Britain’s approach. Professor Jonathan Van Tam suggested that ‘non-adoption’ by ‘many countries’ in the over-65s of their populations was … Read more

Coronavirus UK: Nadhim Zahawi says NHS vaccine speed will double in March

Britain’s Covid vaccine rollout will go at twice its speed so far over the next three months potentially doubling the number of people immunised by June as well as dishing out second doses, the UK’s vaccine minister says. Nadhim Zahawi said today that March will be a ‘very big month’ for the programme. February saw … Read more

Covid UK: Two million over-60s will be invited to receive their first jab from TODAY

Nearly 2million people aged between 60 and 63 in England will be invited to receive their first coronavirus jab from today, while over-40s will start being called for jabs this month – as more than 20million people in the UK have now been given their first dose of a vaccine. Health officials will send out … Read more